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“Sleigh” Your Holiday Gift Giving!

Gift giving is a complicated matter, and even harder when there are specific needs or considerations to factor in. When it comes to neurodiverse individuals, there are several considerations. Here is a gift guide for individuals with neurodivergent needs. Included are links to examples of the various items.

  • Sensory-Friendly Toys:

  • Fidget toys: Items like stress balls, sensory rings, or textured puzzles can provide a calming sensory experience.

  • Weighted blankets or weighted stuffed animals: These provide deep pressure and comfort, helping with anxiety and sensory processing issues.

  • Kinetic sand: A tactile and calming toy that can engage their senses and creativity.

  • Noise-Canceling Headphones:

  • A quality pair of noise-canceling headphones can help reduce auditory sensory overload in noisy environments.

  • Aromatherapy Diffuser:

  • Essential oil diffusers with calming scents like lavender or chamomile can create a soothing atmosphere.

  • Art Supplies:

  • High-quality art materials such as colored pencils, markers, or watercolors, for those who find comfort and expression through art.

  • Special Interest Items:

  • Consider gifts related to their special interests, such as books, memorabilia, or merchandise associated with their favorite TV shows, movies, or hobbies.

  • Ex: If a special interest is animals, it could be something like this

  • Sensory-Friendly Tech:

  • Tablets or smartphones with apps and settings designed for sensory-friendly experiences, including simplified interfaces and customizable accessibility features.

  • Calming Light Sources:

  • LED color-changing nightlights or bubble lamps can provide a soothing ambiance in their living space.

  • Mindfulness and Relaxation Tools:

  • Guided meditation apps, stress relief toys, or relaxation books can be beneficial for individuals who struggle with anxiety.

  • Personalized Items:

  • Customized gifts, such as sensory-friendly puzzles with a favorite picture, a personalized calendar, or a photo album featuring cherished memories. You can purchase them here.

  • Sensory Activity Kits:

  • Pre-packaged sensory play kits with items like slime, putty, or sensory beads.

  • Subscription Boxes:

  • Subscription boxes tailored to specific sensory interests or needs, such as art supplies, sensory toys, or calming activities.

Always remember to respect individual preferences, consult with caregivers, and consider the sensory profile of the person you're buying for. Thoughtful gifts that cater to neurodiverse needs can have a profound impact on someone’s well-being and happiness. Tag us in all your holiday unwrapping posts as you capture that joy: @wethrivelearning on Instagram and Facebook!

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